Choose the cake pan
You can choose any size pan you wish. A smaller pan, such as an 8 x 11 in., will give you a taller cake. A 9 x 13 in. pan will give you a larger span, but it will not be as thick.
After you have the size you need, line the pan with clear plastic wrap.
Make the crust
The crust for an ice cream cake is extremely simple because it uses just two ingredients: cookies and butter.
Chocolate sandwich cookies work very well, but vanilla sandwich cookies or another flavor could also work. It is best to use a cookie that has a creme filling because the cream helps the crust solidify. Be careful not to use too much butter, though, or the crust will become too hard.
Make enough to use between each layer of ice cream as well as on the bottom of the cake.
Crush the cookies into small crumbles and mix with melted butter. Press the mixture into the pan until it is smooth and flat. You may place the pan in the freezer to harden the crust while you prepare the first flavor of ice cream.
Choose your ice cream flavors
The best thing about this ice cream cake is that you can add as many layers as you want. In this tutorial we will discuss two flavors, but no one would mind another layer or two of ice cream if you would like to add more.
Some popular flavor combinations are:
- Chocolate and vanilla
- Peanut butter and Chocolate
- Strawberry and chocolate
- Chocolate and coffee
- Coffee and cookies and cream
- Butter pecan and Coffee
- Coffee and toffee
- Vanilla caramel and toffee
- Vanilla and mint chip
Let the ice cream soften a for a bit, then stir it to create a moldable milk-shake consistency. Spread the ice cream evenly over the crust and return the pan to the freezer to let the ice cream harden again.
Add a layer of goodness between the ice cream
Add another layer of your cookie crust once the first layer of ice cream has hardened. You could also add hot fudge on top of that for a surprise of gooey goodness. Heat the fudge just enough to make it easier to spread, but not too hot to disturb the layers.
Then freeze the cake again for several minutes before adding the second layer of ice cream.
Make your whipped cream frosting
You can use store-bought whipped cream or make your own very easily.
Simply whisk heavy whipping cream, a few drops of vanilla and some powdered sugar together on high speed until it begins to stiffen. Using cold cream will make the process even faster. The powdered sugar keeps the frosting from melting, and it will keep its form for days.
The measurements are as follows:
- 1 1/4 cups heavy whipping cream
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- 3/4 teaspoons vanilla extract
Spread this whipped cream frosting over your cake after the layers have set for about 30 minutes.
Add your finishing touches
Add your topping of choice to make your frozen treat a masterpiece.
Some topping ideas:
- Cookie crumbs
- Hot fudge swirls
- Strawberry topping
- Caramel and chocolate sauce and pecan bits
Now your cake is done. Freeze it overnight for best results. It can also last up to several days in the freezer, so it is a great dessert to make ahead of time. Run your knife under hot water before slicing it to make cutting easier and cleaner.